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Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Ella's puppies are growing!


The puppies can walk, have teeth, and love frolicking in their new playground. Support Ella and her puppies by making a donation. Apply to adopt!


Dog of the Month - Darwin


Hi, I’m Darwin. I’m a handsome, fun boy who, after getting time to know a new person, loves to give hugs and play. Because it takes time to get to know new people, it’s best that I’m not around kids. I’m very good with other dogs and enjoy playing with them but could be an “only” kid in my forever home too. I’m very curious with cats but not aggressive or mean. I’m really smart and know several commands like sit, down, come on leash, wait (at the door) and I don’t pull on a leash, good in the car and know how to load up into the truck. I love to go for walks and would make a great hiking companion for the intrepid explorer out there. A fence is preferred since I like to run and play safely and take time to warm-up to new people. I’m a special boy seeking a family who will let me progress at my own pace, who will respect my likes and dislikes and who will devote lots of time to me. If you’re interested in adopting me, please contact GRRA.

Ranger Ivan

Ranger Ivan had a great time at Adoption Day on Sunday. As soon as he realized that a ride in the car was involved and that HE was invited... he wagged his tail with excitement and anxiously stood at the rear (hatchback) of my car as I carried out his bed. When I popped open the trunk, he put is two front paws on the bumper and waited for me to hoist up his rear end. It may not have been graceful, but we made it!

Ranger was disappointed that I hadn't put down all the seats and he was confined to the very rear. He loves to put his head out the window, no matter how cold. During the 30 minute drive to Petco, he mostly laid in the back on his bed, but would pup up on occasion at stop lights. I liked to look in the rearview mirror and see reactions from folks behind me as they saw nothing more than a golden retriever face popping out the back window.

At adoption day, Ranger was full of energy. It's as if he wants to assure folks that just because he's a Grandpa-Dog, it doesn't mean he's going to nap ALL the time. Of course, as I write this, he's snoring with content at my feet.

There were a few applicants that expressed interest in Ranger and, if all goes well, he should be settled in with a new home in the next few weeks.

Dog of the Month - Parker

DOM Parker is a 9-month-old bundle of energy in need of a consistent trainer.

His foster reports that, like many Golden puppies, he needs a lot of exercise or he gets very curious about everything and gets mouthy. (And a little mischievous.)

None of this is unusual for a Golden, but it appears he hasn't had any consistency in his young life. He needs someone to teach him boundaries.

When he gets some of that energy out, he is learning very quickly. So his foster feels like he just needs an active family with some good training experience to make him into the sweet Golden we know he can be.

Parker gets along with other dogs when he calms down. (Again. The whole puppy thing.) But the foster doesn't feel like he would need another dog to be happy.

If you think your family has what it takes to help Parker, apply with us today!

Dog of the Month - Abby


Abby came to us a little overweight and a little achy from being overweight.

When she first arrived at her foster's home, she could barely make it to the end of the driveway. But with some hard work, she is now enjoying nice walks with her foster family.

Because of spinal compression, she's a little shaky going up and down stairs and getting in and out of cars. But with some treatment, nutritional support and a healthy weight, that should improve.


Our foster says:

She is quiet, loving and affectionate towards our cats. She would be a great shop dog since she's so calm and loves to greet people! She's also quite happy to just lie on the back deck in the sun all day. Nothing upsets her.

Bath time and grooming is also something she quite enjoys. She's also great with kids and other animals.

This lovely lady is just looking for a great companion to enjoy life with. If you're interested, apply today!

GRRA Needs Fosters

GRRA Fosters provide a safe and nurturing home for an adoptable dog. Fosters provide their homes and care for the dogs until GRRA can find their "forever family".

Fosters are responsible for providing information about the foster dog to our Adoption Consultants, as well as evaluating applicants for their foster dog.

Fosters will need to be able to bring their dogs to GRRA's monthly adoption days as well as arrange meetings with potential applicants to meet the foster dog.

GRRA pays for all vet costs and expenses. Dogs typically need to be fostered for anywhere from 3 to 10 weeks.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a GRRA Foster, please complete our volunteer application at!.

Dog of the Month - Sam


We are quite befuddled. Sam is this beautiful, sweet boy with big eyes and a big heart. But we haven't found him a home, yet. We're hoping that spotlighting him as our Dog of the Month will help him get there.

He ended up with GRRA after his previous owners divorced and left him at a shelter.

He's very easy going. He gets along well with other dogs and cats. He's pretty good on a leash and loves to go in the car.

His ideal home would have another dog and older kids. And because of some arthritis, he would do best in a single story home.

We really believe people are missing out on this amazing dog. If you'd like to be considered for Sam's family, apply today!


Dogs of the Month - Jax and Kate

Jax and Kate are siblings from the same home who we'd love to get paired in their new home. Their sweet Golden personalities have something for everyone.

Jax is the more outgoing and goofy of the two. He'll step over his sister Kate to be the center of attention. And he loves a good cuddle.


Kate is the typical laid back Golden. She is beyond sweet and loves to be loved upon.


They were both taught fun commands like "bang" for lie down and "go to house" to go to their crates. (Although they don't really need them.) They're very well behaved inside the home.

It's obvious that these two had a very loving home. Any new family would be lucky to get these two.

Dog of the Month - Sammie


Sammie was found abandoned in a house. A very kind human took him to GRRA because they knew he'd end up in a good home.

He's a little shy, at first, but will make a great companion to any family. He would also prefer another dog, if possible, as they make him more comfortable. But a cat might do, as well.

Yes. Sammie is all puppy: a little high energy, a little mouthy. But his forever family will probably have an easy time training him; especially with some professional training time. He's already learned several commands from his foster.

He's also still working on potty training, so a routine schedule would probably be best, along with a fenced in yard for running and playing.


We suspect Sammie will end up being a smaller Golden, so he'd be great for a smaller home. But we'll be happy to see him end up with any loving family.

Dog of the Month - Sam


Sweet Sam somehow found himself in a shelter when a divorce turned nasty.

He's an easy going guy with a Golden personality who walks well on a leash. The other dogs and cats at the shelter where the GRRA volunteer found him didn't even phase him. He just walked on by. So we suspect a house with cats would be okay.

Because he does have arthritic hips, he will need a single story home. And he probably needs older kids who can understand not to roughhouse too much.

His foster reports that he's happy to go on walks when his arthritis isn't bothering him too much. Plus, short walks might help keep it at bay.

He'll also need a fenced in back yard. Sam's very curious and might wander off, following his nose if there's no fence to stop him.

Because of his loving attitude, this lovely boy with the mascara eyes would also probably be happier having another canine buddy to hang out with.

If you think you have the right home for Sam, please get in touch with your Adoption Consultant today!


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